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8 week old chicks (cold wet rainy weather)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken pickin, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 3, 2012
    My 12 8 week old chicks have been outside in their coop and run for almost 2 weeks. we took the heat lamp away a few nights ago since they are fully feathered. The temps are in the low 40s for night time and yesterday it started to rain and its suppose to last another day or 2. I have been letting them out to the run in the morn for an all rainy outting and they put themselves to bed at about 730 then I close them up for the night. Is this ok or because I just took the heat lamp away is adding rainy weather to the list of new things too soon? Also we are going to have a few night coming up soon that will be in the 30s they should be ok right? I figured turning the light on some nights and off others may confuse them or wreck the progress weve made to get them off the heat? Any comments suggestions or advice?.
  2. CorinneP

    CorinneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2012
    Up State New York
    If they are feathered and you have 12 they will go in for shelter and huddle together .. I am quite confident they will be just fine <3
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I agree - they'll be fine. You can always put the heat lamp back in if the weather gets extremely cold and you are REALLY concerned. However, at eight weeks, they should be pretty much feathered out. And they really don't need as much heat as we think they do.
  4. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 3, 2012
    Thanks I thought they would be ok too but im new at this and still a tad nervous Im gonna do something wrong lol. This is gonna be a never ending learning experience. So far Im loving it. Im alreading begging hubby for a second coop and 3 or 4 bantams. maybe next year though. Im trying for goats in the fall Hubby shakes his head at me and thinks im nuts.

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